The Tiger Den completed the “Tiger Bites” Adventure Loop. This loop is about recognizing healthy eats and emphasizing good manners and is required for the boy to progress to the Tiger rank.
The requirements are:
- Identify three good food choices and three foods that would not be good choices.
- Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
- With your adult partner, pick a job to help your family at mealtime. Do it every day for one week.
- Show you can keep yourself and your personal area clean.
- Talk with your adult partner about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them.
- With your adult partner, plan and make a good snack choice or other nutritious food to share with your den.
Number 1 was completed during a scavenger hunt at the wonderful Trader Joe’s of the Woodlands. The boys searched the store with their adult partners for good food choices and less healthy (but-oh-so-yummy) choices, found foods they’ve never seen before, and identified foods from local sources. Trader Joe’s was a great choice for a grocery scavenger hunt. One, the store has tons of variety, but it is also smaller and easier to navigate than a huge supermarket. Two, the staff at Trader Joe’s was terrific! They were so kind to the boys, and each Tiger got a sweet swag bag of healthy snacks.
They’ve also completed the “Backyard Jungle” Loop. It is also a required loop for the boys to advance to a Tiger rank. The requirements of this loop are:
- Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike.
- Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
- Be helpful to plants and animals by planting a tree or other plant in your neighborhood.
- Build and hang a birdhouse.
- With your adult partner, go on a walk, and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.”
There are lots of opportunities to observe nature in our community. Still, as a Den Leader, I was a bit intimidated when I read the requirements for this loop…specifically because of requirement 3. Plant a tree with first graders?! But, this turned out to be such a valuable project. The Den’s Assistant Den Leader and I each went to a local Arbor Day celebration with our families, where the township handed out tree seedlings for free . We kept the seedlings until it was time for the den outing to plant them. My co-leader checked on local regulations on planting trees, and the Tigers planted the seedlings along a hike-and-bike trail. (Thanks to the Woodlands Township for donating thousands of trees to the community every year!)